I must admit, back when this change first took place, I was a bit anxious. I worried about the fate of my favorite Italian delicacies. Would I still be able to get my beloved Galbani mascarpone cheese? My imported mortadella with paper thin slices of pistachio nuts embedded inside it? My Cento clam juice? I needn't have worried. The Mathurs have not only preserved the integrity of Casa Italia, but improved it. All of the same great products are still there, along with a plethora of new ones. They have expanded the offerings to include items from other European countries like Spain, Greece and France, as well as India. They stock twenty varieties of Indian spices, chai masala (tea seasoning), chutneys, ghee (clarified butter), pappadams, naan, paneer (Indian cottage cheese) and five types of daal (lentils).
Casa Italia offers Indian cooking classes, courtesy of Nita, as well as Italian cooking classes conducted by noted Italian chef and cookbook author Giuliano Hazan. For the culinarily challenged, the Mathurs offer an ever changing daily buffet of tasty home cooked entrees and sides. When it is not Thursday, you'll find their display brimming with lasagna, ravioli, or chicken cacciatore. In addition, many items like fresh pastas and sauces are available in the freezer case. It's not cheap eats, but you get what you pay for.